Join us for an intimate lunch in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bloomsbury, London.
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This
intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider
knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re
looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for writers with manuscripts aimed at children, ranging from YA, middle grade to picture books. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.
Held in the historic
literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing 50 Bedford Square, London and home to
children's fiction authors including Katherine Rundell, Sarah J. Maas, Catherine Doyle and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance
to get noticed.
9.30-10.00 Morning refreshments and a chance to meet fellow members of the group you will be attending the morning sessions with.
10.00-10.40 A how-to session on knowing when your novel is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your novel (a short exercise where you can talk about your own work is included in this section).
11.30-12.30 Agents discuss what appeals to them in a submission, with real examples and case studies from both successful and unsuccessful submissions.
12.30-1.00 Both groups will come together for an open networking session with drinks and lunch
1.00-2.30 You will have a 10-minute one-to-one session (the last session will begin at 2.30) with one of the agents and an opportunity to try out the pitch for your book, ask questions and receive feedback.
Rachel Mann - JULA
Rachel spent nine years commissioning and editing books for young people at a few of the major houses, and was most recently global publishing director for the Roald Dahl Story Company. She recently joined JULA and is now actively growing a list of children’s writers in fiction and non-fiction.
She has a tendency towards the darkly funny – Shirley Jackson and Angela Carter are great examples of the kind of adult writing she loves. Tove Jansson, Benjamin Zephaniah and David Almond are just some of her heroes in children’s. In all cases she wants compelling voices, unpatronizing writing and complex characters. International settings and traditions, unconventional narratives and social commentary will always get her attention, and she's particularly interested in writers from underrepresented backgrounds. She's also looking for bold and emotionally engaging non-fiction across both children’s and YA, as well as poetry.
Please note that she doesn't currently represent picture books.
Lydia Silver - Darley Anderson Children's Agency
Lydia joined the Darley Anderson Agency in 2018 and is looking to build the children’s list. With a background in middle grade and YA fiction, Lydia is particularly looking for magical middle grade adventures, funny contemporary stories and YA novels with an unusual voice. Above all, she wants to find stories with wit, charm and heart. She’s also got an eye out for clever, engaging picture books and is developing the non-fiction side of the children’s list. She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent.
Lydia is actively looking for submissions from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ and all other under-represented writers.
Further agents to be confirmed.
Booking and payment
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook at a discounted price.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
If you wish to discuss an installment payment for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The half day session was excellent . I went into it thinking I am 75% of the way to my goal of getting something published. After the session I realised that I am really maybe only 50% of the way to that, but that is okay as all of the speakers were pragmatic, yet friendly and enthusiastic about the writing process. I came out thinking that it was money well spent as it will allow me to avoid a few of the pitfalls of the process. I would certainly recommend the course, venue and organisation - even with the time and effort to get from Scotland.
Christine Thom, How to Hook an Agent - Children & YA, June 2014
Julia and Sallyanne were both really open and shattered the illusion that agents are hard, business types who make brutal decisions on a whim. They were empathetic, encouraging, funny and warm. The 10-minute session I had with Sallyanne was really helpful too.
Jules Bryant, How to Hook an Agent - Children & YA, June 2014
'I thought the entire day was extremely well organised, and to have the opportunity to sit down and discuss my book with an agent was a great end to the session. I felt like I learnt so much about the process of submission, and am now approaching my work with a fresh eye. Once again, thank you.'
A writer from our February 2014 conference
'Thank you so much for the day. It has provided me with an invaluable experience. I have gained much more knowledge of how to write a better submission letter and have gained a clearer understanding of the the role of the literary agent and this will help me enormously when I am finally ready to submit my manuscript.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day.'
A writer from our February 2014 conference
'One-to-one chats with agents were a delight - productive and inspiring. The talks were also extremely useful and covered new ground.' Magda Knight
'The conference served its purpose very well. I left with the information I hoped to obtain. Also, I can't recall receiving more helpful advice on writing the introductory letter. This was enormously helpful.' Vee Fallon
'What was genuinely invaluable was hearing about the submission
process directly from agents, being able to put questions, and
discovering how the "nitty gritty! of an agent's business life works.
That latter was an important insight. Over the years I've research and
attended several workshops/seminars. I don't think I am alone when I say
that for the first time I understand exactly what needs to go in the
submission letter and the synopsis. And just why the two-sentence
summary and the first paragraph are so important.' Geoffrey Arnold
'Professional and well-organized, I was impressed by the "tone" of the sessions, particularly the respect shown to aspiring authors.' R. Watt
'I thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt that I took a lot away in terms of understanding how I need to change my submission structure.' Helen Joy
'I found the agents extremely helpful and the time spent discussing the process of submission with them was invaluable. Actually getting to meet and pitch to them was priceless (and my primary reason for attending).' Writer from Saturday 13th April 2013 conference
'The day brought out, as no other way could have, the degree of subjectivity amongst agents and publishers. A lesson to be learned - and straight from the "horses' mouths".' Alan Hamilton
'Event was excellent & well worth the money. The one-to-one with the agent was fantastic and almost made the whole thing worthwhile in itself.' Anne-Marie Swift
'A really useful event - it was nice to put a human face to the agents and hear what they had to say. It was wonderful to have an opportunity to practice pitching my story to a real agent who specializes in my chosen area and obtain feedback on my idea. Incredibly useful - it's given me lots of food for thought and will hopefully help me improve.' Sarah Leavesley
'The approachability of the agents - they offered advice in a friendly, un-intimidating manner. The organization was also impeccable.' Luna Chatterjee
'Very helpful. Great advice and lovely meeting other writers on their different journeys. The professionals were great, warm and encouraging.' Mandie Hooson
'Very good. Interesting, encouraging, inspiring and a nice, friendly atmosphere.' Sarah Steele
'It was all I hoped and more. It was heartening to meet real live agents and to see how welcoming and interested they are. It was useful to practice a pitch and have instant feedback.' Mary J Howell
'Excellent. Really gave honest and practical advice. I think I was very lucky to have two such good and complimentary agents (Jo Unwin and Alex Christofi). Their passion and professionalism were palpable.' Tessa McGregor